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A UN Human Rights Watch Couldn’t Believe It When They Saw THIS in the United States

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Though it rarely ranks among the top 10 countries for best human rights practices, the United States is certainly a country that many people with associate with freedom and liberty.

And since there’s always more work to be done in terms of the betterment of a country, its government, and its people, the US may have just learned what area they should start with, thanks to a recent report from three human rights experts.

Frances Raday (UK), Eleonora Zielinska (Polan), and Alda Facio (Costa Rica) were sent to the US to prepare a report for the United Nations on the many issues under the umbrella of women’s rights. When it came to their experience of gender equality in America, the delegates could only say that “it was shocking.” And they didn’t mean it in a good way.

Think the US is the fairest country in the world? Think again, and learn what the delegates’ 5 biggest issues with women’s rights in America were.

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Start the slideshow below to learn where the US is lacking, and then SHARE to spread the word.

5. Paid Maternity Leave

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A popular NPR article explored the absence of regulated paid maternity leave in the United States, pointing out that our lack of supportive policy at a federal level leaves us in the dust of other advanced economies.

Raday said, “The lack of accommodation in the workplace to women’s pregnancy, birth, and post-natal needs is shocking. Unthinkable in any society, and certainly one of the richest societies in the world.”

4. Gender Pay Gap

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If you’re following the race to the 2016 presidential election, you’ve probably heard one of the hopefuls, especially on the Left, discuss the unequal pay gap that exists between men and women in America.

During their 10-day visit to the United States, the human rights experts noted that this wage gap systematically disempowers women, “affecting women’s income throughout their lives, increasing women’s pension poverty.”